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Dr. Melissa Langevin, who completed her pediatrics residency at Memorial University in June, was selected as one of two recipients of the 2011 Resident Leadership Award from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The leadership award was for her significant contribution to Memorial's Pediatric Simulation Program during her residency. As the recipient of this award, Dr. Langevin attended the National Resident Leadership Summit in Quebec City Sept. 22-24 and was presented with the award at a special awards dinner Sept. 24.

Dr. Bruce Van Vliet was presented with a Certificate of Excellence Award from Hypertension Canada at its recent meeting in October. The award acknowledged Dr. Van Vliet's research on sodium and blood pressure and his contributions to local and national committee work on sodium, including his active role in the preparation and annual review of educational materials concerning sodium and health for the public and health care professionals. Dr. Van Vliet gave two presentations at the meeting, titled Stemming the salt tide: assessment and interventions to reduce sodium intake in hypertensives, and Sodium evidence: from basic to population science. Dr. Van Vliet is professor of cardiovascular and renal physiology within the BioMedical Sciences Division, Faculty of Medicine.

The following appointments have been made at Grenfell Campus as of Sept. 1, 2011, ending Aug. 31, 2014: Matthew Janes, chair, humanities; Olaf Janzen, chair, historical studies (renewal); Gabriela Sabau, chair, environmental studies; and Marc Thackray, chair, English.